The CXO Fellows Program regularly features members of the class of 2015-2016. This is a part of that series.
Name: Eric Hartman
Title: Contracting Officer
Agency: NASA Glenn Research Center
Education info: The Ohio University – BBA 2012
What was your worst summer or part-time job? When I was 15, I got my first job as an assistant to the janitor at the elementary school in my local school district. While the position paid decent for a high school job, you can imagine some of the wonderful tasks that got delegated down to me as a good “learning experience”.
When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up? When I was younger, I always wanted to be a professional athlete (either baseball or basketball). Those dreams obviously faded away quickly as I got older and I decided I needed to go to college to focus on academics rather than athletics. I can’t say I am upset with my decision, as I am very happy with my current career situation in the Federal Government.
What hidden talent or hobby do you have? Hobbies – I am not a guy who likes to sit around often, so during my free time I enjoy being active. Throughout the year I am in different basketball, softball and volleyball leagues at work and with friends. I also have refereed boys and girls high school basketball as a way to make a little extra money and stay active during the winter months. Recently, I bought a house next to the Cleveland Metroparks, so my wife and I enjoy walking our yellow lab through the metroparks to stay active year round.
Who was your most-valued mentor? My most valued mentor was high school basketball coach. He was always one I looked up to growing up and was a great teacher of positive life values. We continued to stay in touch as I was in college and he was the one who told me of internship opportunities at NASA Glenn Research Center and eventually helped me get my foot in the door here. I will forever be grateful for his guidance growing up.
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